The Story of Gilgamesh is one of ten titles in the Save the Story series which is being rolled out by Pushkin Children’s Books in 2013 and 2014, building a library of favourite stories from around the world retold for today’s children by some of the best contemporary writers. The stories they retell span cultures (from Ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Russia), time and genres (from comedy and romance to mythology and the realist novel), and have inspired readers and artists for many generations.

The Story of Gilgamesh is retold by Yiyun Li and illustrated by Marco Lorenzetti.

The Betrothed.inddAlso illustrated by Marco Lorenzetti and published simultaneously is The Story of The Betrothed by Umberto Eco, who characteristically expands the central concept to include playful asides on the methods and intentions of storytellers, aristocats, priests and other scoundrels.

The other Save the Story titles so far published are Antigone by Ali Smith, Captain Nemo by Dave Eggers, Don Juan by Alessandro Baricco and Gulliver by Jonathan Coe. Read a preview of all four launch titles.


Yiyun Li was named by The New Yorker as one of the best American wrters under 40. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and won numerous prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award in 2006 for A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.